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The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki Campaigning in North Russia 1918-1919   By:

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In "The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki Campaigning in North Russia 1918-1919" by Lewis E. Jahns, readers are presented with an immersive and firsthand account of the often overlooked American intervention in North Russia during the tumultuous period of 1918-1919. Through the author's meticulous research and personal experiences, this book sheds light on a significant yet relatively unknown chapter of American military history.

Jahns, a participant in the American Expeditionary Force, provides an in-depth narrative of the campaign to support anti-Bolshevik forces in the region. He skillfully balances his personal recollections with historical context, creating a compelling and engaging read. By delving into the geopolitical complexities and military strategies employed, Jahns offers readers a comprehensive understanding of the campaign's objectives, challenges, and outcomes.

One of the book's greatest strengths is Jahns' ability to vividly describe his personal experiences on the front lines. The author's vivid prose transports readers back in time, allowing them to feel the bitter cold, witness the chaos of battle, and empathize with the soldiers' hardships. This personal touch adds authenticity to the narrative and humanizes the troops involved, enhancing the readers' connection to the events unfolding throughout the book.

Additionally, the book provides a wealth of valuable historical information and analysis. Jahns thoroughly explores the political landscape of the time, capturing the complex dynamics between the U.S., Allied forces, and the various factions in Russia. He unpacks the motivations and strategies behind the intervention, presenting a nuanced account that challenges simplistic explanations.

Furthermore, the author's attention to detail and extensive research are evident throughout the book. Jahns draws on official documents, letters, diaries, and interviews to construct a comprehensive and well-documented historical record. This scholarly approach enhances the book's credibility and ensures that it will be a valuable resource for academics, historians, and enthusiasts interested in the period.

One minor drawback of the book is its occasional verbosity. At times, Jahns' detailed descriptions and copious footnotes may overwhelm readers who seek a more streamlined narrative. However, this is a minor quibble in light of the book's overall strengths and the wealth of information it provides.

In conclusion, "The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki Campaigning in North Russia 1918-1919" is an important addition to the literature on the American intervention in Russia during the early 20th century. Lewis E. Jahns' personal experiences, combined with his well-researched historical analysis, make for a captivating and enlightening read. Whether seeking a deeper understanding of this impactful period or simply an engrossing narrative, readers will find this book to be a valuable contribution to their library.

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[Transcriber's Notes]

Here are the definitions of several unfamiliar (to me) words.

batmen Soldier assigned to an officer as a servant.

batushka Village priest.

drosky Cart

felcher Second rate medical student or anyone with some medical knowledge.

hors de combat Out of the fight; disabled; not able to fight.

junker Aristocratic Prussian landholder devoted to militarism and authoritarianism, providing the German military forces with many of its officers.

knout Whip with a lash of leather thongs, formerly used in Russia for flogging criminals. To flog with the knout.

mashie nib Mashie Niblick (mah she nib lik) Wood shafted golf club with about the same loft and length as today's seven iron.

poilus French common soldier, especially in World War I.

verst Russian measure of distance; 3500 feet, 0.6629 mile, 1.067 km.

viand Choice or delicate food.

volplane Glide in an airplane without power.

I (Don Kostuch) am the son of John Kostuch, then from Detroit, who was a Mechanic in the 339th, Company M. He saw some action in the fall of 1918 but due to flu, exposure and a dislocated joint, was evacuated to England on December 1, 1918 before the gruesome winter described in the book. {sources: "M" Company 339th records and Golden C... Continue reading book >>




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